Meaning of ADORNO, THEODOR (1903-69)

Meaning of ADORNO, THEODOR (1903-69):

A leading member of the Frankfurt School, Adorno fled Germany in 1934 for the USA. His work, often expressed in deliberately obscure language, ranged widely but he is best known for his criticisms of popular culture (which he saw as an industrial product designed to manipulate the masses) and for his contribution to The Authoritarian Personality (1994), a seminal influence on the study of right-wing extremism. He was highly disdainful of a vision of sociology as a primarily or exclusively empirical enterprise because it would lack the critical edge which, as a Marxist, ho regarded as the main point of social theory.